Okay, Let’s Try This Again (Again)

Today is Thursday, correct? With Monday’s “doctor day” and all of the nonsense since it’s been hard for me to setting into my routine and keep track of the days.

Today’s Daily Challenge
List three people who motivate you to make healthy choices.

Sometimes it’s easier to stick to our goals if we have a ready source of inspiration! Thinking about who inspires you can remind you to make those everyday healthy choices – and shore up your resolve on days you might need a little extra motivation.

Certainly none of you… 😛

More Like MEN Fitness
Around 10:00am yesterday my boss and I managed to walk up to LA Fitness. As we entered the large, almost empty space, we both realized that every person in the building (six at first count) was a man. Strange.

I did my best to get a bit of exercise by walking on the treadmill for 45 minutes and then goofed off tossing a basketball near a rim for another 15 minutes or so.

By the time we exited the health club (there’s a term not bandied about much these days) we were shocked to see that some of the snow and ice was melting even though the temperature was still more than a handful of degrees below freezing.

After making it back to the office and dropping our gym bags in our cars we walked from our office up to I-285 assaying road conditions. With both of us needing a break from the office we decided to make a run for it when we returned to our cars.

My commute via I-285 E/S, to I-20 W, to the ‘hood was mostly uneventful; the trickiest part was getting onto I-285 from Ashford-Dunwoody because that entrance lane is in constant shade and still had considerable ice.

I spent the rest of the day at the ITP Estate listening and watching a slew of podcasts, taking my meds on schedule, and eventually making myself a relatively unhealthy dinner.

ITP Flickr Pic
Here is where I should be posting the photos of Atlanta’s mayhem that I never got around to taking.

Slow Start
In my opinion there are two options for today’s travel (okay there are three with the last one losing out because of Today’s Personal Project).

  1. Hit the roads early before the rest of the idiots. The obvious risk of this is hitting ice (and then something else), but this option ended when I slept until 6:00am.
  2. Wait out the freeze or at least until the sun has had a chance to warm up the roads. The obvious risk of this is that most people will be choosing this option and the roads may become packed with idiots.
  3. Take MARTA.

There is a part of me that is disappointed that I didn’t choose Option #1 since I accomplished no work yesterday and will have to play catch up today. Oh well, it’s not like I can turn back time.

Please Shut Your Pieholes
I’ve grown weary of the stories and opinions about The South being shut down by a “mere 2+ inches of snow”, most of which have been written by northerners who have no idea what this city is like.

My disdain for the idiocy and flame wars has led me to reinstate my “Never Read The Comments” policy (this wonderful blog is the exception of course) and avoid reading any more stories about this week’s weather.

Related: I am considering Twitter mute filters for #snowpocalypse, #snowmaggedon, and the like.

If all goes to plan I will be attending a small gathering of friends for a little social time (still on the drugs, going to avoid the beer) and making all efforts (most likely in vain) to not get into “And what happened with you on Tuesday?” conversations.

Today’s Personal Project
If the roads continue to improve today I will head to the lavanderia tonight.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – not bad, eye still looks bad as it slowly heals
Current Music – listening to the latest iDeveloper podcast
Website Of The DayHow Stuff Works’ explanation of “How the Sun Works”.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car (eventually)
Exercise (b)Log – treadmill, 45 minutes; basketball; walking, ~1.6 miles
Morning Weigh-In – Roughly 220 pounds

Foot Mileage – ~20.3 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 6 (3 cardio)

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

January Goals
– clean my basement to the point where I could have people over
– hire a plumber to fix all of the sinks at the ITP Estate
– walk no fewer than 75 miles
– have European trip plans in place, if not carved in stone

2014 Goals: Measurable
– Get my weight down to 190 pounds so that I can wear a 36″ waist pants comfortably
– Completely read ten books, audio books permissible
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Completely run at least one 10k
– Fix all (or at least most) of the things which are wrong with the ITP Estate
– Sell the ITP Estate (tentative)

2014 Goals: Unmeasurable
– Continue to Simplify, simplify, simplify
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions
– Start, and continue, to make my own bread using my bread machine as well as using the technique outlined in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
– Read and discard magazines during the month in which they arrive (even digitally)

Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2014

  1. “Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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8 Responses to Okay, Let’s Try This Again (Again)

  1. Actually wound up choosing Option #1.5 — leaving the house with the sun up at 8:00am and taking all interstate roads, which were virtually free of ice and idiots. If you go out before the rest of the ice melts, please be safe.

    Now I have two things back on my ToDo list:
    – Lose weight quickly so that I can fit into my pants comfortably again.
    – Get the Jackmobile washed to remove all of the salt/crap it picked up yesterday. Perhaps I’ll wait for the rain to arrive and then go out and suds it up and let Mother Nature do the rest.

  2. Laura says:

    I made it in to my work easily. The roads were very clear. I encountered three patches of ice, each of which were about five yards long. My route is all major roads, which were all iced/sanded. The bad thing is, though, I had to bring Travis in with me. As you all know he doesn’t do sit still. This is going to be a loooong morning.

  3. martha says:

    I hit the gym again this morning…most of the roads are in decent shape, some north facing hills and sections of road in the shade are still icy but overall, most shouldn’t have a problem.

    CDC is closed but our office is open…but I doubt I’ll drive up there since it doesn’t seem like anyone is really working. I may camp out at Hogdepodge a little later, I’m a bit stir crazy and I need some room to spread out so I can do a little homework.

    I swear everytime I will not ready the comments, then I do, and I just feel horrible. Really is there anything that bring out the bad in people more??

  4. Well shoot, I wish I were still in the ‘hood I’d meet you at Hodgepodge (with your coffee cup) and could return Sharon’s Tupperware on the journey as well.

    Opportunity missed. 🙁

  5. Steve says:

    We had to get out of the house yesterday, so we chanced a drive to Tractor Supply/dinner/grocery. On the way, we encountered not 1 but 2 sand spreaders from Coweta Co. The were doing their thing on the busier secondary roads, as I believe the state is responsible for the main highways.

    TS had closed early, the Publix was closed as well but the sushi place was open!! A delightful dinner, followed by a trip to the open Kroger.

    A little excitement this morning as I started my shower- the water was a trickle!! Oops! I started to get dressed, but heard the water increase in volume, and soon had a fully functioning shower- with muddy residue at no extra charge. When I went to wake Debbie, I thought I’d check her pipes (!!) and found the hot in the sink was not running. Off to the attic with a blow dryer and in a few moments, hot water flowed! I love happy endings. While in the attic, the insulation had shifted so there was a bit of bare pipe- no more though.

    The office will at full strength tomorrow, but it’s my Friday off, so they are on their own!!


  6. Barb says:

    I’m at the office alone again, but one co-workers is coming in, I think she wants to get away from her kids.
    Roads are fine, but I just gotta say, I love my Subaru! Damn slowpokes getting in my way this morning, I had to pass people!

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Funny. I’m not about to eat lunch and I’m looking at my stomach. I think I should push the food away before I start eating.

  8. Barb says:

    Allan & I just went to the Big Chicken – sometimes fried chicken just hits the spot. And – they sell souvenirs, who buys that shit?
    And – roads are just fine…… unless you are somewhere that never gets sun.

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